Senior Mechanical Engineer - Automotive OEM - Novi, MI

Garmin - Novi, MI3.9

As a leading worldwide provider of navigation devices and wearable technology, our focus is on developing, designing and supporting superior products. Our advanced technology promotes performance, safety and ease of use in every market we serve. That makes us an engineering and technology company with a keen focus on recruiting talent in those fields. But the same vertical integration business model that keeps all design and manufacturing processes in-house also gives us the incentive to hire top performers from different backgrounds, including operations, finance and accounting, information technology, sales, marketing and communications.

If cars are your thing, Garmin has your team. The worldwide leader in satellite navigation is making inroads in the automotive OEM (original equipment manufacturer) space. This quickly expanding, award-winning market includes a broad range of in-vehicle electronics, including automotive grade infotainment and telematics systems, navigation software, location-based services and integrated portable navigation systems.

Garmin's mechanical engineers create products that solve complex problems and make people’s lives safer, healthier and more enjoyable. From sketches on paper to something you can hold in your hands, our MEs are involved in production every step of the way. Mechanical engineers have a lot of freedom when it comes to their day-to-day job. They work with electrical, industrial and process engineers to design better products that solve thermal, shielding, cosmetic, human factor and manufacturability issues. Whatever your passion – parts, products, design or project scope – you can find it at Garmin.

We are looking for a full-time Senior Mechanical Engineer to provide mechanical and electro-mechanical designs for Automotive OEM infotainment systems in our Novi, MI location. In this role you will be responsible for completing complex mechanical designs. Other essential functions include:

Mock up and test complex mechanical systems to verify compliance with design requirements

Good knowledge of injection molding, die casting, sheet metal stamping, machining, etc.

Good knowledge of material requirements, material performance, and material limitations

Specify test plans to validate very complex systems with complex performance requirements

Manage basic tradeoffs and determine risk mitigation plans as appropriate

Make estimates on moderately complex mechanical designs including: tooling, part cost, and design time

Excellent communication skills with the ability to drive process vendors to evaluate complex mechanical designs and understand the risk

Knowledgeable of Industry and Garmin product qualification tests (environmental and others)


Qualified candidates possess a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering or Aerospace Engineering from a four-year college or university AND a minimum of 5 years’ relevant experience. Other requirements include:

Demonstrated knowledge and capability to use CAD software for completing complex mechanical designs - prefer SolidWorks

Demonstrated strong and effective verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills

An electronic packaging design experience, and experience designing for the automotive infotainment industry is highly preferred!

Our benefits are designed to lead an evolving marketplace, support innovation and encourage a healthy balance between work and life. They allow our associates to make their own decisions about their wellbeing and future and consistently rank Garmin as a top tier benefits provider when compared to other high-tech employers. We offer a choice of high value medical, dental and vision plans with low or no premiums, to fit your and your family’s preferences. In addition, Garmin’s financial benefits include a generous 401K retirement plan that provides 5% of pay base contribution plus a match of 75 cents for every dollar you contribute to a maximum of 10% of your compensation. The employee stock purchase plan allows for shares to be bought at a 15% discount. Garmin offers many other benefits and perks ranging from wellbeing initiatives, educational assistance and career development, community charity support, and employee discounts just to name a few.

Relocation assistance provided.

Garmin International is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran’s status, age or disability.

Job Engineering
Primary LocationUS-MI-Novi
Organization Consumer Engineering
Schedule Full-time
Job Class Exempt